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 2002 walnut supplier named

There will be plenty of nuts in the diet of Olympic athletes and officials during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Diamond of California has been named the official walnut supplier for the U.S. Olympic Team and the 2002 Games. Diamond, the world's largest processor of walnuts, will provide a full line of culinary nuts during the Olympics. Olympic supplier deals generally call for a cash or barter commitment of at least $5 million.

 Hybl up for IOC appointment

U.S. Olympic Committee President Bill Hybl is considered a front-runner to be named to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC's executive committee put Hybl on a list of 14 candidates who will be voted on by the full IOC in September. Not making that list was the other U.S. nominee, International Softball Federation President Don Porter.

Hybl's term as USOC president ends in December, and he will have to be re-elected or given another senior position in order to remain eligible for IOC membership. All of the 48 initial IOC nominees were men, which led the IOC to assign Vice President Anita DeFrantz to explore the issue.

 SLOC puts off Web tix auction

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee postponed an online ticket auction scheduled for this month, electing instead to put choice seats for premier events on the market next spring. Olympic officials and consultants said they expected to receive higher bids if the tickets were auctioned after other tickets went on sale to the general public. The first tickets to the Salt Lake Winter Olympics will go on sale Oct. 11.

  UPS, Sydney come to terms

Worldwide Olympic sponsor United Parcel Service, still reeling over the Sydney Organizing Committee's decision to use a rival parcel carrier for some of its delivery needs, announced an agreement with the committee to use UPS to deliver 200,000 rolls of film to an on-site film processing laboratory during the Games. The service will be used by 1,000 accredited photographers working at competition venues. The film will be collected and ferried on a fleet of 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the processing lab.

 Sydney rail delays played down

Olympic transportation organizers are downplaying delays and derailments experienced by Sydney's rail network in recent weeks, saying they expect Sydney's commuter transportation system to operate well during the Games.

Spectators will be encouraged to use public transportation, as there will be no parking available at major competition venues. The city's public transportation system is expected to carry about 34 million passengers over 16 days during the Games, double its normal load.

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